Obamas Score Points As Responsible Dog Owners – And They Don’t Even Have A Dog Yet!

November 18th, 2008 by Dan

Score 3 points already for the Obamas on the responsible dog ownership scale – and they don’t even have a pooch yet!

The first point came in when the Obamas announced the decision to adopt a shelter dog. Even with offers of rare hypoallergenic purebred pooches being offered from around the globe. The example set by the first family could offer “hope” to many shelter dogs. If rescues are good enough for the President and his children, aren’t they good enough for everyone?

Photo by malamountain

Point number two was scored when the Obamas decided to hold off on the new dog until after Inauguration. During a recent interview with “60 Minutes”, Michelle Obama said, “We’re on call mode on the dog front. Because the deal with the dog was that we would get the dog after we got settled. Because as responsible owners, we – I don’t think it would be good to get a dog in the midst of transition.”

While any rescue dog that the Obamas adopt is sure to be thoroughly “vetted”, it always takes awhile for a dog living in a shelter or even a foster environment to adjust to new surroundings. By taking the move from Chicago to The White House out of the picture, the Obamas are preventing further upheaval in the life of their new canine companion.

The Obamas broke the news about waiting the extra 2 months for the pup with daughters Malia and Sasha before they made the announcement public.

The bonus third point comes from this photo taken as part of a campaign against puppy mills. The then-Senator Barack Obama, stood next to the Lincoln Memorial with “Baby”, a Miniature Poodle and puppy mill survivor. Baby lost one of her legs in her ordeal. The photo appears in the book “A Rare Breed Of Love.”

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